IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION VOLTSTAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. ) f/k/a HORIZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) No. 13 C 5570 v. ) ) Judge John Z. Lee AMAZON.COM, INC., ) ) Defendant. ) MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Plaintiff Voltstar Technologies, Inc., formerly known as Horizon Technologies, Inc., (“Voltstar”) sued Amazon.com, Inc. (“Amazon”) for patent infringement of United States Design Patent No. D587,192, entitled “Electrical Charger.” The parties have filed cross-motions for summary judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56. For the reasons set forth herein, the Court denies Plaintiff’s motion and grants Defendant’s motion.
Unless otherwise noted, the following facts are undisputed. Voltstar is an Illinois corporation that manufactures wall plug accessory products used to charge devices made by other manufacturers, including the Mini Charger, which is sold on Amazon.com and can be used to charge Amazon products. Def.’s LR 56.1(a)(3) Stmt. ¶¶ 1-4. Amazon is a Delaware corporation with a principal place of business in Seattle, Washington.
¶ 7. Amazon is known for its e-readers, sold under the Kindle brand, and also sells a charging accessory that can be used with its e-readers.